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R-6 board will not endorse Mexico trip

Monday, November 28, 2011

The Pierce City R-6 Board of Education nixed a proposed plan for National Honor Society students to take a trip to Mexico next March.

The club had proposed a service project to Colima, Mexico, where students would stay with the Para-Navarro family and make minor repairs to an elementary school about a block away from the host family's residence.

Superintendent Dr. Aaron Cornman was adamantly opposed to the proposal, citing reservations about the safety of students.

Board member Kenny O'Hara also cited concerns.

"It's bad down there," O'Hara said. "It isn't safe. My buddies at work tell me about the drug cartel down there, and it isn't safe for our students.

"We're singled out down there," O'Hara continued. "Let's put it that way."

Board member Fred Slagle also weighed in on the matter.

"It would be a wonderful opportunity for a school-sponsored trip," he said, "but with all the stuff going on down there...it's a lot of turmoil."

Board member Mike Zebert proposed students find an alternate service project closer to home.

"There is enough stuff in our own country to be fixed," Zebert said.

The matter was put to a vote, with Jim Barchak, Doug Chapman, David Jones, Zebert, Slagle and O'Hara opposing the trip and Ken Boursheski approving the proposal.

In other business, Cornman asked board members to consider adding an additional rider to the district's existing insurance policy providing umbrella coverage up to $2.5 million. The additional coverage would specifically be added to the district's transportation department and cost approximately $1,100 annually.

Cornman also updated board members on the cost of signature signs for the Pierce City District and asked them to consider what options they would choose to pursue.

Cornman provided an update on the construction project, stating that rebar had been delivered to the site and the footings would be dug on the "next nice day."

Pierce City officials requested the construction company not dig or cut through the new asphalt they plan to lay on Short Street.

The waste line for the vo -ag addition will be tied into an existing line on the campus, which also serves the gymnasium and art and music rooms. The new middle school line will be tied into an existing line that runs north from an existing manhole to the south of Adams Street in an alleyway.

The board also approved a contract with The CPA Group of Monett to provide audit services for the district's 2011-12 fiscal year.

Pending approval from the Missouri State High School Activities Association (MSHSAA), the board voted to approve a football cooperative sponsorship with St. Mary's Catholic School and Trinity Lutheran School for junior high football.

The next regular meeting of the Pierce City R-6 Board of Education will be held at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 20 in the conference room.



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